BAFANA Bafana fell into the trap set by Uruguay and ended up losing 3-0 - with their 2010 World Cup dreams shattered.
So said Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena after their second Group A clash that ended in tears in front of a capacity crowd at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday night.
"They laid the trap and we fell right into it. It is going to be hard to get out of it. But we are not out of the World Cup just yet," Mokoena said.
"We still have one match to play against France next Tuesday (in Bloemfontein) and we aim to win it and give ourselves a fighting chance to reach our goal of playing in the second round." Bafana's cause was not helped by a controversial refereeing decision in the 77th minute. Swiss referee Massimo Basacca sent off Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for a foul on Luis Suarez inside his penalty area. He awarded the South Americans a penalty, which was netted by Diego Forlan who had scored the first goal.
Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreria was swearing blue murder at the match official, saying he never wanted to see him ever again.
But Mokoena says the players are determined to regroup and fight on: "We have the faith and belief that we can recover from this setback and still make the nation proud. Do not write us off just yet. We are determined to bounce back against France."
Mokoena said the Uruguay match was one of the toughest in his 104 international appearances for Bafana. "They made life really difficult for us out there," said the Portsmouth defender.
Mokoena refused to be drawn on the penalty and Khune's sending off.
"We are a team and stand or fall as a team. I do not point fingers at any player."
Bafana play ninth-ranked France at Free State Stadium next Wednesday at 4pm. - Sapa